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How to Add Curb Appeal

We moved into our home over five years ago, and we have worked hard to update the interior of our home. Unfortunately the exterior was neglected – until now! I partnered with The Home Depot to share how to add curb appeal to your home.

Our landscaping was over 20 years old – like our home. We lived with it for awhile, and I even painted some of the bushes (I’m serious). Eventually the bushes were beyond the paint repair, and we slowly started removing them. We were left with a very boring front yard…

But thanks to The Home Depot, here is what it looks like now!

Here is another before…

…and after!

I have one more before and after. We have a large tree that sits by the road that looks neglected and is not the best first impression.

And the gorgeous after!

Our home was crying out for curb appeal, and we updated our exterior using the following three guidelines:

  1. Go Green
  2. Embrace Symmetry
  3. Add Details

Go Green

Add fresh plants or flowers to your yard. Our front was looking sad because we were slowly removing old landscaping only to be left with bare, ugly mulch beds

I began by removing any of the remaining 20-year-old landscaping. When removing old landscaping, I clip down as much as I can to make digging the roots as easy as possible.

However, there are times you will have to use something more powerful than hand clippers.

Since we live in Indiana, it becomes very brown during the winter months. I am determined to have color year-round, so I planted greenery that will last year-round.

Along our walk, I added new mulch beds and lined them with boxwoods which will stay green all year long. The Home Depot offers both a variety of species and sizes.

As the boxwoods grow, I will have the ability to shape them.

Around our house, I added several Arborvitae. It is a fast-growing and an easy-to-care evergreen that typically come in the rounded bush or the trees. I love both variety, so I planted them around our home.

EMBRACE SYMMETRY

Symmetry is pleasing to the eye and instantly adds curb appeal. It looks organized and makes your home look put together.

I added symmetry to our wall with the boxwoods and balanced plants around our home. Our two entryways are also symmetrical with potted plants.

The front entry has a set of Fairfield Square Black Plastic Planter where I planted live Arborvitae. This urn sits outside, and the planter retains water so I rarely have to worry about watering the Arborvitae. The back of the front entry (under the overhang) has these Cast Stone Italian Urn in Aged Charcoal with National Tree Company 15 in. Juniper Bush . Once again, I’m sneaking in some faux greenery, but I don’t thing anyone will now. I “plant” the faux plant using mulch.

The side entry urns are from The Home Depot, and I “planted” a couple National Tree Company 48 in. Artificial Arborvitae Trees. I am not a huge fan of faux plants, but these trees are so realistic! I find that having plants under an overhang is rough and requires a lot of watering which is why I love this maintenance-free option that will last for years.

ADD DETAILS

Adding details is where your home becomes you. We painted our doors black and replaced the cheap plastic recessed light with a hanging lantern – the The Valley Forge 3-Light Matte Black with Washed Copper Accents Outdoor Hanging Pendant.

We added our street numbers to the door for some charm (Hillman Group Brass Plated Numbers) and added seating in the front yard. I am in love with our POLYWOOD Outdoor Patio Adirondack Chairs. They are low maintenance, come in several colors, and are weather-resistant.

The tropical topiaries add a pop of color to our front landscaping. The hibiscus will provide blooms all summer long.

The tree by the road is the first thing guests see of our home, so we built a retaining wall using retaining wall bricks and filled it with boxwoods and flowers for a pretty entry to our home.

Here’s a video on the entire project:

I’ve linked up some of my favorite product from The Home Depot:

  1. Hanging Lantern
  2. Faux Tree
  3. House Numbers
  4. Rubber Urn
  5. Stone Urn
  6. Faux Bush
  7. Square Planter
  8. Adirondack Chair

Thanks to The Home Depot and some sweat equity, we have a gorgeous front yard with some major curb appeal!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Landscaping Tips

Today I’m sharing some Landscaping Tips.

We have been busy prepping our home and landscaping for the holiday weekend. Toro’s all new PowerPlex™ 40V Max* Lithium Ion Products made the project a little easier.

Landscaping Tips for the 4th

Our home is twenty years old, and our landscaping is starting to show its age.  Although we will eventually need to replace much of it, we are trying to work with what we have for now which involves lots of trimming. I began by trimming the hedges and bushes with Toro’s Power Plex hedge trimmer.  I have always used an electric trimmer and dealt with a cord that was always too short and would miss spots.  However, Toro’s Power Plex Hedge Trimmer is battery-powered, and it reached wherever I needed to go!

The 24-inch trimmer is sturdy and has a 90° rotating handle.  It also has reduced vibrations because of a dual-action cutting system, and the battery allows up to 60 minutes of run time.  I was able to trim all of the bushes and hedges in my front yard using one battery!

We mulched this past spring, and the last thing I wanted was a bunch of clippings messing up our pretty mulch.  My husband suggested I lay down some old sheets to catch the trimmings, and it worked amazingly well.

There was no raking (and loss of mulch).  I just rolled up the sheets with the clippings and dumped them.  It was so easy!

After I had all the bushes and hedges trimmed, we began working on our overgrown trees.

We have several smaller ornamental trees around the house that needed trimming as well as a larger cluster of trees off the side of our home that had fairly low hanging limbs.

I put my husband to work with the Toro Power Plex Chainsaw, and I think he had a little too much fun cutting down branches.

The chainsaw (like the hedge trimmer) is battery-powered, and it is amazingly powerful!

The Toro chainsaw has a no-pull easy start – it runs on just the push of a button.  It ran only using one battery the entire time my husband was trimming trees, and it has tool-free chain tensioning (adjust by turning knobs with fingers).  It also has reduced kickback – chain, bar tip indicator, chain brake, and metal bucking teeth.

We had a pretty massive pile of limbs and branches by the time our tree trimming was complete.

Our town picks up landscaping clippings for free – we just have to set them out on the road.

Besides having well-groomed landscaping, we also ended up with a nice little pile of logs for our firepit.

The next evening we had the most gorgeous rainbow appear over our newly manicured landscaping:

We are ready for the holiday weekend thanks to Toro!

What are your favorite Landscaping Tips?

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*This post is a sponsored post by Toro. I take pride in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. And while this post is sponsored, all the opinions are my own.

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